Audain Art Museum History

Welcome to the new Audain Art Museum. Our permanent collection showcases the art of British Columbia from the late 18th century to present. Anchoring the collection is James Hart’s The Dance Screen (The Scream Too), the most significant contemporary carved cedar Dance Screen in the world.

Other highlights include an important collection of 19th and 20th century First Nations masks and works by some of Canada’s most celebrated artists including Emily Carr, E.J. Hughes and the internationally renowned photo-conceptualists Jeff Wall and Stan Douglas. In addition, the Museum has visiting exhibitions of art from Canada and around the world.

September 21, 2012

Vancouver home builder and philanthropist Michael Audain visits Whistler and chooses a site at the invitation of James Moodie.

December 9, 2012

Michael Audain announces he has entered into an agreement with the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) to build a 2,323 square meter (25,000 square foot) museum to house a portion of his British Columbia art collection. Later that year it was determined that the Audain Art Museum would house the Audain’s (Michael and Yoshiko’s) British Columbia art collection.

April 30, 2013

Michael Audain announces he has decided to expand the art museum to 5,203 square meters (56,000 square feet).

August, 2013

Construction begins on site.

March 12, 2016

The Audain Art Museum opens to the public.

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